OPINION

A clear framework for education

Plans to recognize the qualifications of people who have graduated from any of the European university branches operating in Greece are set to transform the education landscape of the country. Some 51,000 Greeks are studying abroad at this moment. It’s a dismal picture that highlights the failure of the country’s education system as well as the demise of vocational guidance. A further 21,000 students attend (the rather expensive) courses offered by the private colleges currently operating in Greece in collaboration with foreign institutions. But only a handful of these colleges have been approved by the relevant authorities of their country of origin. The state, through the Ministry of Education and with the help of the respective authorities abroad, must intervene to evaluate and certify these colleges. This is the only way to safeguard the rights of students and protect the households who cover the huge cost. Clear rules will be to the benefit of education as well as society as a whole.